This year’s Rockford Rivets team is already a stand-out baseball team. Rockford’s coaching staff has been very vocal on how they think the team is pulling together, and the friendships that are being formed.
Coach Keim speaks on team development: “They’ve been together for five games now, and these guys are starting to get to know each other, and get comfortable in a good way where we can see good things happening on and off the field. They spend a lot of time in the clubhouse with each other, and they’re becoming good friends.”
Pitching coach Adam Carey also spoke on this matter: “This group of guys is nothing but positive and largely resilient night in and night out. These guys are making connections both on and off the field. I think the difference between our club and most other summer ball teams is this: Most other teams want to play ball, get on the field, and get off the field, and strictly just do their job. Our guys seem like they truly want to make lasting relationships, and be there to support each other. From a coaching perspective, that is absolutely amazing to see.”
Rockford catcher Brendan Krob had only 4 choice words on the matter: “The screws are loose.”
Krob’s words, of course, being a slang way to say that the team is already a tight-knit group of friends.
The Rivets next home game is this Wednesday, as they take on the Traverse City Pit Spitters.
For tickets, call the box office at 815-240-4159.
The Rockford Rivets are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.rockfordrivets.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rivets as your favorite team.